- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Like other analysts, veteran culture watcher and radio host Dennis Prager is now an eyewitness to an emerging era ruled by extreme partisan discord, misinformation and a growing sense of despair and fatigue among many Americans.

Some pine for the old days, some demand a brave new world; most could use some reassurance that life is OK, and that the United States will remain united. Easier said than done, perhaps. Mr. Prager’s counsel: Be careful how you vote in the midterm election — now just 14 weeks off.

“You and I are living through the greatest mass hysteria in American history. For many Americans, the McCarthy era held that dubious distinction, but what is happening now is incomparably worse,” writes Mr. Prager in his syndicated column, primarily faulting the biased news media and its continuing war on President Trump.

“All this hysteria is built on next to nothing. At its core, it is an attempt to undo the 2016 election. The mainstream media refuse to accept that Hillary Clinton lost. They said she would win — handily. They predicted a landslide. How could they have possibly gotten it so wrong? Their answer is they didn’t; Trump and Vladimir Putin stole it,” Mr. Prager says.

He offers a list of wrongs committed by both the press and liberal celebrities — particularly their endless insistence that Mr. Trump “colluded” with Russia in 2016. Mr. Prager also points to an across-the-board refusal to acknowledge that Mr. Trump has been tougher on Russia than previous administrations, plus their claims that the president is linked somehow to fascists and Nazis.

“The media scream ‘treason,’ ‘impeachment’ and the like 24/7. Hollywood stars curse the president; others curse his daughter or the first lady (one of the most regal in American history) and show President Trump in various death poses. Meanwhile, leftist mobs shout at administration officials and Republican members of Congress while they eat in restaurants, shop in stores and sleep in their homes,” Mr. Prager says.

“If you vote Democrat this November, you are voting for hysteria, lies, socialism and even the cheapening of the Holocaust. But more than anything, a vote for Democrats in November is a vote for hysteria — the greatest and darkest in American history,” he cautions.

THE PARAMETERS OF VOTING

Americans do not consider the polling booth to be a free-for-all zone.

“San Francisco is allowing non-citizen parents and guardians of children, including illegal immigrants, to vote in the upcoming school board elections. That doesn’t fly for most voters nationwide,” says a new Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted July 19-22.

The poll found that 31 percent of likely U.S. voters favor letting immigrants who live in the U.S. illegally vote for local officials in the area where they live — while 62 percent are opposed to the idea.

BATTLING THE FAKE REVIEWS

It is, perhaps, a sign of the times.

“Today is the release day of former White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s book ‘The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President.’ And already, only hours after the book became available in bookstores, the Left is trying to sabotage the book with fake, one-star Amazon reviews,” notes Regnery Books, a conservative publisher that counts Michelle Malkin,Laura Ingraham and Dinesh D’Souza among its many authors.

The publisher’s solution? Read the books and write an “honest” review. Published on Tuesday, Mr. Spicer’s book has already won accolades from President Trump himself and Fox News host Sean Hannity.

YOUNG, ORGANIZED AND LIBERTY-MINDED

Not every college-aged person marches in the streets or pines for socialism. Underway on Wednesday: it’s YALCON, the national convention of Young Americans for Liberty, which stands behind liberty of course, along with less government. The grass-roots non-profit interest group boasts more than 300,000 members in 790 campus chapters nationwide and has a clear mission.

“Our aim is to elect 250 state legislators that respect the Constitution and respect individual liberty. This is how we reshape and reclaim the America the Founders envisioned,” says organization president Cliff Maloney Jr.

They’ll have some help over the next 48 hours at the event site in Northern Virginia, just outside of the nation’s capital. Speakers include Sen. Rand Paul, Reps. Justin Amash and Thomas Massie, and libertarian media kingpin John Stossel.

“It’s time to mobilize the youth army,” advises Mr. Maloney, who expects more than 400 of his future soldiers at the event.

FOXIFIED

Fox News Channel continues to do things right. For the 28th consecutive week, Fox News ranks as the No. 1 watched network in the entire cable realm according to Nielsen Media Research — and aired 17 of the top 30 cable programs last week. Coverage of the Helsinki summit last week also dominated the ratings, besting even network rivals NBC, ABC and CBS throughout the coverage.

And yes, Fox is also the top-rated cable news channel, beating MSNBC and CNN as it has for over 16 years.

Fox Business Network continues to triumph over rival CNBC, according to Nielsen Media Research, its ratings advantage ranging as high as 55 percent — an apex point reached up during coverage of the Helsinki coverage. In addition, “Varney & Co.” is now marking 61 consecutive weeks as the most-watched “market-open” program on television.

POLL DU JOUR

83 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the National Park Service; 84 percent of Republicans and 85 percent of Democrats agree.

65 percent overall have favorable view of the FBI; 49 percent of Republicans and 77 percent of Democrats agree.

61 percent overall have favorable view of the CIA; 62 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Democrats agree.

58 percent overall have favorable view of the Justice Department; 60 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Democrats agree.

57 percent overall have favorable view of the IRS; 49 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Democrats agree.

47 percent overall have favorable view of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); 72 percent of Republicans and 20 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Pew Research Center poll of 1,007 U.S. adults conducted July 11-15 and released Tuesday. Pew did not break down the ratings from independents.

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